I think this is mostly because I feel like I'm still trying to figure this fashion thing out. I am informed enough to make some decent, overarching style decisions, but compared to so many other talented fashion bloggers, I am a nobody.
There lies the root of it, probably. I am constantly comparing myself to other women in my community, other bloggers, other Pinterest pins. Who doesn't feel like a failure in playing the game of comparisons?!
A sweet little girl used to attend our church, and every Sunday or Wednesday or whatever day, it was always a surprise to see what she'd be wearing. Some days, I think her mama talked her in to something fairly normal for our church's "average" attire. Other days, it was pink tutus and crazy socks and rain boots and a swimsuit overtop everything. She always made me smile. And I was always kind of jealous of her. She was wearing what she wanted without any inhibition or thought to what others might think - or to what others might be wearing.
I read an Instagram post a few weeks ago of a different mama with a different little girl who also likes to dress all crazy-crazy sometimes. On a particular Sunday, she wanted to wear her brother's tie with her dress. Mom helped her try it on and look in the mirror. "Do you love it? she asked. Before the girl could answer, her brother teased, "Ties are for BOYS. People will make fun of you!" "But it's my style!" she answered. "If they make fun of me, I'll just tell them it's MY style, and I LOVE it!" The mom loved it so much, she went in search of her own tie to wear.
I wish that's the only thought we had in getting dressed every morning. Do I love it? Then wear it. Period.
If my style were an ice cream flavor, it would be really great vanilla. Probably the kind with flecks of vanilla bean in it. And, maybe on special occasions, some hot fudge drizzled over top. I love plain, neutrals, black and grey, understated and predictable. And, every once in a while, a big ole statement necklace to show off.
Do I love them? Yes. Yes, I do love my neutrals. So much so, I will NOT take your $5,000, Stacy and Clinton. I would rather keep my sweats and gray t-shirts, thankyouverymuch.
So. For what it's worth, these are my simple and neutral and understated takes on my military vest. If you didn't catch my earlier post, I'm hoping to move towards a more ethical closet, and wearing out my military vest - reinventing a month's worth of outfits this September - is part of my plan.
The day I wore this outfit, it was humid as heck, so I opted for a tank dress. I bought this dress in two colors and had my mom tailor them a bit. I have such a small chest and such large hips, dresses inevitably fit my rump but then hang loosely on the top. She takes in a few inches on either side, underneath the arm, and then things usually fit nicely! The take away here is this... If something doesn't fit right, don't buy it or have it tailored! Life is too short to wear clothes that aren't decently flattering, people.
First off, let me just say that I'm so glad they've finally made pull-on, elastic pants for people who are NOT pregnant. Love my jeggings. You will see these pants, my Birkenstocks, and this cuff worn A LOT, which is part of my capsule wardrobe philosophy. I like to have a few basics I wear almost everyday, and then interchange them throughout the rest of my wardrobe. Easy-peasy.
I heart sweater weather! This blackish sweater has gone a lot of wear over the last two years. Though I wear neutral clothing all the time, it's nice to have a few fun pieces of jewelry to lighten things up a bit. Noonday's Sway Necklace is the best! It's adjustable, so it can be worn long, like you see in my picture, or much shorter and closer to the collar. It's handmade and carved out of seeds in Ethiopia!
Do you have a military vest? How are you wearing it this fall? I'd love to see your pictures!